Barkingside boss Walther is looking to hand youngsters a chance in their final match

PUBLISHED: 16:00 04 May 2018

Action from the clash between Barkingside and Sporting Bengal at Cricklefield Stadium (pic Tim Edwards)

Action from the clash between Barkingside and Sporting Bengal at Cricklefield Stadium (pic Tim Edwards)


Barkingside manager Michael Walther is set to hand youngsters and squad players a chance in their final match of the season this weekend.

Side travel to Southend Manor on Saturday (3pm) and will be looking to end their campaign with a victory.

Walther’s men will be hoping they can move another spot or two up the table as most of their rivals have finished for the season, but this match was re-arranged after being postponed due to a waterlogged pitch on Monday evening.

“Saturday we will be looking to give some of the young lads who have been really patient over the last few weeks a chance to show what they can do,” said Walther.

“We haven’t been able to give them game time as we have been fighting for our lives to stay up, so the idea is now to give them game time and get them involved.

“It will also be nice to give them a run out to say thank you as they show up to training all the time and I’m sure it’s been frustrating at times for them but we still have 20 players at training even at this stage of the season which is great.”

The former Clapton boss also feels he has to be looking at the young talent available to him due to having no budget to play with like many Essex Senior League sides.

“The reality is for Barkingside that we haven’t got a budget so we have to work with the young players and hope we can develop them enough for first-team football,” he added.

“Some games you come against players who have played 60 to 70 games at this level and it shows.

“The tough ask for me going into next season is how can I bridge that gap.”

Walther still feels it will be a tough match against Manor but believes he knows enough about their side to get a result.

“I live in Canvey Island so I’m not too far from Southend so I’ve seen them play a fair bit this season and I know most of their players,” he said.

“Their captain Lee Delf is a big, quite tall lad and can be a real handful at times. The one for me though is Mohamed Kargbo, I feel he should be moving up to the next level, as he’s a really good attacking midfielder.

“I’ll be surprised if they don’t have a lot of interest in him as soon as the season ends.”

Barkingside were due to visit Wadham Lodge last night.

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